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Saison Blanc - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
85
very good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-13-2011

Inspired by crisp white wines, Saison Blanc features New Zealand hops, golden raisins and white pepper for a decidedly bright, spicy, and robust low ABV beer. Finished with Brettanomyces at packaging, this beer will evolve for many more years to come.
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Ratings: 193 | Reviews: 52
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice take on a saison. The hops compliment the golden raisins nicely. Not like champagne but Reminded me of white wine with a bit of pepper & carbonation. Could drink 3-4 bottles on a warm day outside.

Photo of Jtrigonis
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Catracho5
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 bottle poured into a Teku glass

A: High carbonation that created a massive 4 finger head, hazy golden color, lots of lacing, big fluffy head, lots and lots of carbonation streaming up the side of the glass.

A: Getting that Belgian yeast aroma, grainy malty peppery aromas, very complex aromas.

T: Bitter, yeast, peppery, the bitterness lingers with the dry finish, I'm getting an off flavor that doesn't blend with the others, the bitterness seems out of place.

M: High carbonation, dry finish.

O: Not sure what to think, there is some strange bitter flavor aroma in the beer, don't know if that't due to bottle storage or if this is the beer's normal flavor, it just seems off. I would like to try a fresh bottle as this is vintage 2013. Definitely complex, lots going on, but the bitterness seems out of place.

Photo of Buzz3d
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhartley
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of captainbearcat
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jamison85
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Westyn
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spacecake9
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Lost Abbey teku glass.
A - Pours a hazy golden straw color with a mountainous, pillowy head. The lacing never goes away. A beautiful looking beer.
S - Yeast and citrus
T - Slightly tart, a little spicy and bitter, reminds me of champagne
F - Dry, medium carbonation
O - Another very good beer from Lost Abbey. I'm not a fan of sours, and this falls more on the tart side rather than sour. Very drinkable, but the dryness means I'll have just one. But I will have it again.

Photo of jellikit
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle.
Appearance: mostly yellow. Slightly hazy. Thin head of large bubbles. Decent lacing.
Smell: Chardonnay-like. Light phenols. Light saison/Belgian yeast.
Taste: light malt followed by wine. Slightly tart, ending with pepper and light hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium-light body. Dry.
Overall: different take on a saison. Has the backbone of a saison, but leans toward a wine. Maybe Bier de Garde or Geuze. Funky, but a good beer.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of yspiff
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of abagofit
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this chilled from the corked and caged bottle in a willybecker.

The color is straw golden with light haze and pillowy white head with a fine bead and wavy clinging lace which adorns the glass. The smell is magnificent with a mix of white grape andslight floral aspect with plenty of vinous elements and light grain in the aroma with a mild sweet and earthy odor with slight spicy yet fruity scent of yeast with malt blending with a slight sulfur in the aroma. The feel is very good with nice carbonation level and low sweetness with a light spice texture and mildly tangy yeast with slight peppery texture and malt graininess with slight vinous element in the yeast which also brings a nice dry quality to the feel and still efferverscent in the finish.

The flavor is good with malt up front and a slight spice flavor which is accompanied by yeast mid palate with very dry quality yet nicely carbonated bringing a hint of swetetness and a backdrop to the subtle vinous flavor and earthy peppery aspecet with some mild grain flavor in the finish. Overall I really enjoyed this however it is not exceptional as far as saisons go, although there is nice spice and fruit ...I like how the yeast works in the flavor and raisins add to an overall dry feel which is enjoyyable

Photo of masterofsparks
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Saison Blanc from The Lost Abbey
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.